John Haren has been engaged in the community sector for over 30 years including eight years as CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society in South Australia. With a social work and social policy background John has worked with the homeless, asylum seekers and refugees, people with disability, those with mental health challenges and in the health sector. John was the first social worker employed by the nationally regarded agency addressing homelessness, the Hutt Street Centre. John's undergraduate degree was in economics. He has worked in all levels of government, local, state and federal. John lives in Adelaide, South Australia where he writes on many contemporary issues and is working on his first novel.